Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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Reviews by Intrinsic:
4.22/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
One thing I love about trappist beers - the head seems to keep growing after you've stopped pouring. Rochefort 8 is no exception. Its light-brown head sits atop an opaque caramel coloured beer with smooth, billowing carbonation.
Rochefort 8 has a wonderful combination of smells, including interesting Belgian yeast, a malty sweetness that isn't overpowering, and subtle spice characters.
In comparison to most other beers, Rochefort 8 is simply amazing. However, when comparing it to other trappist beers it falls short on taste. The malt is very well-balanced with a dry bitterness, with notes of caramel and spice. Its damn good, but its not amazing.
The mouthfell lost points because it felt slightly chalky, but since that contributes to the dryness it actually works well. Its very smooth and drinks well. I'll be drinking more of these in the future.
Serving type: bottle
05-23-2011 20:52:02 | More by Intrinsic
More User Reviews:
4.01/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Pours a hazy deep brown with a foamy khaki head that dissipates somewhat quickly.
I can smell pears, raisins, and dates as soon as I open the bottle. Notes of green apple, figs, and prunes become evident, with a fairly sweet Belgian candi sugar sweetness at the base.
Flavor reveals sharp pear and bruised apple underlying a doughy, bready malt backbone. Rich and rummy, the burnt sugar malt sweetness supports complex prune and date notes well. The finish is fairly light and dry.
Body is moderate, but the high carbonation keeps it feeling light. Alcohol warmth is a bit high.
Great ester character is balanced nicely by the malt. The carbonation is higher than I'd like, and a phenolic alcohol character emerges as it warms. Wanted to like this more, but the carbonation killed it for me.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 14:24:00 | More by barczar
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,011 ratings.